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SONY PICTURES TELEVISION BUYS LEADING DUTCH PREMIUM MOVIE SERVICE FILM1


LONDON (27 March 2015)—Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPT) today announced that it has reached an agreement with Liberty Global to acquire the Film1 group in the Netherlands. Under the deal, SPT will fully own and operate the five Premium Pay TV channels under the Film1 umbrella along with its Film1 Go service, pending regulatory approval.   
 
“The acquisition of Film1 marks a key move  into the Dutch market and underlines our continued commitment to grow our highly successful and diverse suite of channels across Europe,” said Kate Marsh, SPT’s executive vice president, Networks, Western Europe. “Film1 complements and expands our successful Networks portfolio and we are looking forward to working with all our partners to continue to build on the success of the Film1 proposition.”
 
"When approaching the sale of Film1 as part of the group's acquisition of Ziggo, we wanted to ensure the new owner would be focused on building on a strong portfolio of channels" said Niall Curran, president of Liberty Global's media investments group. "We are pleased that Film1 will be in good hands under Sony's ownership".
 
All five Film1 channels will continue to be carried on Liberty Global’s Ziggo and UPC cable tv platforms in the Netherlands. 
 
The five Film1 channels include Film1 Premiere, Film1 Action, Film1 Comedy & Kids, Film1 Spotlight and Film1 Sundance, and feature world class premium movies from Dreamworks, FOX, Paramount, MGM and Warner Bros. and are also home to the market’s leading independent film offer.   The Film1 Go service is available to all Film1 channel subscribers on PCs, tablets and smartphones.
 
Once the sale is complete, the Film1 business will report to Marsh, expanding Sony Pictures Television Networks’ Western Europe footprint which also includes Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and Ireland. Last year SPT acquired CSC Media, making SPT the No. 5 cable/satellite/multichannel player in the UK market in commercial ad views.
 
Sony Pictures Television's international networks portfolio includes 148 channel feeds, which are available in 178 countries reaching more than 1.28 billion cumulative households worldwide. 
 
ENDS
 

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About Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television (www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. In addition to its US production business, SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 11 countries and also maintains offices in 31 countries. SPT’s worldwide television networks portfolio includes 150 channel feeds available in 178 countries, reaching more than 1.3 billion cumulative households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages the studio’s premium streaming network, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns US production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of the cable channel Game Show Network (GSN). SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated series as well as the Rural Media Group and DoctorOZ.com.